Life cycle assessment: Oh, you fat egg! What does keeping chickens do to the environment?

Not everyone immediately realizes that a breakfast egg contains a greeting from a time when dinosaurs ruled the world.

Life cycle assessment: Oh, you fat egg! What does keeping chickens do to the environment?

Not everyone immediately realizes that a breakfast egg contains a greeting from a time when dinosaurs ruled the world. But researchers from Harvard have used genetic analyzes to determine that our chicken and the Tyrannosaurus Rex are very closely related.

We humans have a close relationship with the egg anyway. On the one hand, because we eat around 66 million tons of eggs (equivalent to 1000 billion eggs) every year; The Mexicans plaster the most, 400 a year, the Germans have 230. On the other hand, we have been dedicating a spring festival to this symbol of life for thousands of years; we celebrated it long before Christians cultivated Easter. But not everyone joins in on egg eating anymore. Vegans and animal rights activists think about factory farming and climate damage. The question arises: egg or not egg?

The shared history speaks in favor of the egg. According to scientists, this probably began in 1650 BC. Thai rice farmers discovered that Bankiva chickens had nibbled away at their rice supplies. This led to a human-chicken relationship that culminated in the fact that today there are three times as many chickens populating the earth as humans - almost 26 billion. One might ponder: Who actually domesticated whom here?

Another plus of ice cream: it is very healthy. “Superfood” so to speak. Beneath the lime shell lies a treasure of proteins, vitamins and nutrients. The fear of cholesterol in eggs has largely been put to rest medically - because we now know that the body reduces cholesterol production if it receives too much of it. The egg is also a good kitchen helper; it loosens cakes and thickens sauces.

Now to the dark side, the production.

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